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Restraining Orders Updated 5/01/2020
Restraining Orders for Prevention of Violence/Harassment
New requests for violence/harassment-related restraining orders will be set for hearing as the Court’s calendar can accommodate, up to 90 days out, pursuant to Emergency Rule 8 of the Amendments to the California Rules of Court, adopted by the Judicial Council on April 6, 2020.
Restraining Order Calendar
All violence/harassment-related restraining order matters set for hearing beginning Monday, April 13, 2020 through and including Friday, May 29, 2020, will be continued on a rolling basis for four weeks from the currently scheduled hearing dates. Notice of the new hearing date will be provided by mail. Temporary restraining orders will remain in full force and effect through the new hearing date.
Ex Parte Matters
During the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic, documents filed in connection with ex parte applications may be signed electronically by a party or a party’s attorney.
Ex Parte Applications Seeking Urgent Orders
The Court is now processing ex parte applications seeking urgent orders in all areas of law. For applications unrelated to child custody and/or prevention of violence or harassment, the applicants must explain why they believe the matters require urgent setting during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Any insufficiently urgent matters will be set at a later time, at the court’s discretion. Pursuant to State rules, the Court will process ex parte applications in unlawful detainer matters and judicial foreclosure actions ONLY when the action is deemed necessary to protect public health and safety.
Ex parte applications may be filed through the Court’s E-Filing system or left in the Court’s drop box located in the lobby of the Criminal Court Building (1111 Third Street), which is accessible during court business hours. Ex parte applications must be received by 10:00 am to be processed the same day. By 3:00 p.m. each court day, an Ex Parte Status Information page will be posted on the court’s website at http://www.napa.courts.ca.gov indicating as to each matter filed by 10:00 a.m. that day, whether a decision has been made on the papers, or whether the matter will be placed on calendar for clarifying questions at 1:15 the following court day, or later at the court’s discretion.
Please note that the duration of temporary orders and setting of urgent hearings will be impacted by COVID-19 mitigation measures in accordance with State-issued emergency rules.